General Program (Competency-Based)

The General Program competency-based degree completion option1 is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each BS in Business Administration competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

The General Program is also offered in the following degree completion options:

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits.

This represents the minimum credits for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-515-3563.

AoE: Personal and Organizational Leadership (LDRS 1001) – 6 credits

Personal goals, values, and purpose represent the foundations of effective personal leadership. In this introductory course, students explore this concept of personal leadership in their own work and community roles. Through the application of self-assessment tools, students can gain insights into their leadership strengths as well as those areas representing opportunities for improvement. The roles of emotional intelligence and social intelligence are introduced to provide a more comprehensive model of personal leadership. Students also investigate the alignment of Walden’s mission of social change with broader societal issues in the workplace, including the relationship between personal and organizational leadership.

  • PO1001 Personal Leadership Development (2 CEs, WR): Analyze personal leadership and personal responsibility in leadership development.
  • PO1002 Team and Organizational Development (2 CEs, WR): Explain the importance of leadership in developing teams and organizations.
  • PO1003 Ethical Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Positive Social Change (2 CEs, PT): Apply ethical and socially responsible leadership practices to promote positive social change.

AoE: Introduction to Management (BUSI 1002) – 5 credits

The roles, functions, and styles of managers, specifically principles and procedures for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations, are addressed in this introductory course. Emphasized is the practical application of theory to reality. Students focus on the techniques, tools, and methods of managerial decision making and employee motivation, as well as consider the effects of ethical leadership and management practices on an organization. This course is structured so that students have the opportunity to see the interrelationships among the functions, components, and disciplines that comprise the field of management and thereby gain a comprehensive perspective as a foundation for the further study of management.

  • MA1001 The Role of Managers and Leaders (2 CEs, WR): Describe the effects of managerial and leadership roles and approaches on employees and on diverse organizations.
  • MA1002 Decision Making and Motivation (2 CEs, PT): Explain techniques, tools, and methods of managerial decision making and employee motivation.
  • MA1003 Ethical Leadership and Management (1 CE, WR): Identify the impact of ethics on managerial practices in a diverse organization.

AoE: Fundamentals of Accounting (ACCT 1004S) – 5 credits

Students take a top-down approach to understanding introductory accounting documents and procedures by exploring a business’s financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement in this course. Students explore the practical uses for information that can be gleaned from these statements, individually and as a whole, through a detailed examination of the properties and characteristics of each statement. Students engage in application assignments and discussions on a variety of topics, such as regulations that should be followed when preparing financial statements as promulgated by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Students examine the U.S. use of GAAP in comparison to the use of International Financial Reporting Standards.

  • FA1001 The Role of Accounting and Financial Information in Business and Society (1.5 CEs, OA): Identify the authoritative and rule-making process of accounting.
  • FA1002 The Accounting Cycle: Original Entries to Post-Closing Trial Balance (1.5 CEs, OA): Apply the accounting process to basic financial statements.
  • FA1003 Financial Statement and Quality Information Assessment (2 CEs, OA): Evaluate the quality of information reported in financial statements.

AoE: Microeconomics (ECON 1002) – 5 credits

The principles of microeconomics explain how in a market economy the price system answers the following fundamental economic questions: What goods and services are produced and distributed as well as how and for whom? Students in this course examine how basic economic principles and supply and demand models affect business decisions and strategies. They explore the impact of market structures—such as monopolies and competitive markets—on price setting, market equilibrium, and the strategies and behaviors of organizations. Students also examine how government and global markets affect an organization’s operations and strategic initiatives.

  • MS1001 Economic Decision Making (1 CE, WR): Apply basic economic principles to decision making.
  • MS1002 Supply and Demand (1 CE, WR): Explain the foundations and determinants of supply and demand models and the price adjustment mechanism that allows markets to reach equilibrium.
  • MS1003 Industry Structure and Strategy (1.5 CEs, WR): Explain industry structure and competitive dynamics affecting firm behavior and profitability.
  • MS1004 Role of Government and Global Markets (1.5 CEs, PT): Explain the effects of globalization and government policies on business operations and strategy.

AoE: Business Law (BUSI 2001) – 5 credits

Responsible business leaders and decision makers must conduct transactions and operations according to clearly defined rules, laws, and processes to ensure stability and protection for their company. Students in this course examine the legal issues faced by managers, fundamental legal principles, and common issues in the field, such as criminal law, tort law, employment law, and contract disputes. Students engage in activities focused on the responsibilities of business professionals, such as understanding the fundamental legal principles in business and commerce, analyzing business contracts, choosing legal structures for businesses, and understanding the regulatory context.

  • BU2001 Foundations of the Law, Court Systems, and Procedures (1 CE, WR): Explain the foundations of law and court systems in a business context.
  • BU2002 Types of Business Law (2 CEs, PT): Apply business law and legal research to business practices, including social change initiatives.
  • BU2003 Legal Structures in Business (2 CEs, PT): Apply concepts regarding types of legal structures to business scenarios.

AoE: Business Statistics (STAT 2002) – 5 credits

In this course, students examine the fundamentals of probability and descriptive and inferential statistics. Students learn concepts of confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, simple regression, and correlation analysis, focusing on the application of these techniques to business decision making. They also examine statistical process control (SPC) concepts and how an organization can use SPC in its decision making. Applying these concepts to analyze hypothetical case scenarios, students can learn practical ways that they can use statistics in their daily life.

  • BS2001 Probability Theory: Use probability theory to predict outcomes.
  • BS2002 Statistical Analysis in Decision Making: Analyze descriptive statistics and inferential statistical techniques to make business decisions.
  • BS2003 Statistical Process Control in Decision Making: Explain the use of statistical process control in business decision making.

AoE: Data Science Essentials (DSCI 2010) – 5 credits

The importance of data science cuts across nearly all major industries and companies. In this course, students explore the scope and multidisciplinary nature of data science with a focus on solving problems using data across disciplines. Students will see how tools like Watson Analytics can be used to discover patterns and meaning in data. They consider ethical considerations related to data science applications, develop a questioning mind-set, and explore a data science framework that can be applied to any industry, business, or organization.

  • DS2001 Data Science in the Business World: Explain the role of data science in business and organizational contexts.
  • DS2002 Using Data Science Frameworks to Solve Business Problems: Apply a data science framework to a business problem.
  • DS2003 Ethics and Security in Data Science: Describe ethical and security practices for data scientists.

AoE: Marketing (MRKT 3001) – 5 credits

In this course, students examine basic marketing functions and the execution of successful marketing processes. They focus on how an organization’s marketing efforts can build and establish relationships with its customers and beyond. Students examine tools such as situational and SWOT analyses to determine the attractiveness of a market opportunity and explore marketing mix tactics for product and service life cycle stages. Students gain a fundamental understanding of marketing concepts, practices, terminology, associated technologies, effectiveness, and practical applications, including customer relationship management.

  • MK3001 The Role of Marketing: Analyze the role of marketing in building and establishing relationships with users of products and services.
  • MK3002 Situational and SWOT Analyses: Analyze the attractiveness of a market opportunity for an organization.
  • MK3003 Markets and Market Development: The Four Ps: Identify best practices related to marketing mix variables for a new product or service across product life.
  • MK3004 Analyzing the Effectiveness of Marketing: Analyze the effectiveness of digital marketing, sustainability, and social responsibility strategies for an organization.

AoE: Human Resource Management (HRMG 3001) – 5 credits

This course is a comprehensive overview of human resource management for students. They discuss the role of human resources managers as strategic business partners who focus on the mission and goals of an organization. Students examine traditional topics, such as job analysis and design, talent acquisition, development and training, compensation and other benefits, retention, health and safety, and employee relations. They also examine tools, methods, and strategies that aid contemporary HR processes and responsibilities. Through case studies and practical exercises, students work toward gaining the skills that enable them to develop important employment policies and procedures, such as those addressing ethical and equal opportunity issues in regard to legal and environmental regulations. Students also examine the role of HR in helping an organization effect positive social change.

  • RA3001 Human Resource as a Strategic Partner (1.25 CEs, WR): Explain the role of the human resources function as a strategic business partner in organizations.
  • RA3002 Equal Employment Opportunity Practices and Policies (1 CE, WR): Analyze human resources practices that impact equal employment opportunities.
  • RA3003 Human Resources and Talent Management Leadership Functions and Performance (2 CEs, PT): Illustrate human resource tools, methods, and strategies for managing the talent pipeline in a changing organization.
  • RA3004 Human Resources as a Social Change Agent (0.75 CEs, WR): Explain the role of human resources in creating positive social change.

AoE: Financial Management (FNCE 3001) – 5 credits

All organizations must collect and analyze financial information to make important decisions regarding operations, such as payments, budgeting, and investing in new business. Students in this course learn to use financial and managerial finance theory, concepts, and tools to make better financial management decisions as well as to conduct sound financial analysis. They examine the principles of finance from an applied perspective through the examination of difficult strategic and operational decisions that exist in the business environment. Students gain hands-on financial management experience as they compile financial statements, analyze and report financial results, relate financial results to ethical business practices and decision making, and calculate elements of time value of money for single or multiple cash flows. They also examine the features and valuation methods of stocks and bonds, as well as the relationship between investment returns and risk premiums.

  • FN3001 Understanding Financial Management and Financial Statements (1.5 CEs, PT): Relate the importance of financial markets and financial results to ethical business practices.
  • FN3002 Time Value of Money and Capital Budgeting (1 CE, OA): Apply time value of money and capital budgeting methods to financial problems.
  • FN3003 Stocks and Bonds (1.25 CEs, WR): Explain features of stocks and bonds and their value within the financial marketplace.
  • FN3004 Investment Returns and Risk Premiums (1.25 CEs, WR): Explain arithmetic returns, geometric returns, and their relationship to risk premiums.

AoE: Information Systems in Enterprise (ISYS 3001) – 5 credits

All businesses rely on systems to process, collect, share, and store important information. The most effective way to help an organization achieve its goals is to understand how to leverage information systems and emerging technology. In this course, students have the opportunity to gain skills needed to employ such leverage in the professional arena, such as learning how IT can impact an organization’s competitive advantage. Students explore the information technology components of e-commerce business models, how emerging trends and technology can enable innovation, and the effects of ethical issues and security-related IT practices. They examine the characteristics of information systems and their role in organizations. They also assess and discuss the impact that information systems have on the enterprise as a whole, in addition to their current architectures, enabling tools, and project cycles.

  • IS3001 Information Technology (IT) and the Organization (1 CE, WR): Identify aspects of information technology and their functions in organizations.
  • IS3002 Major E-Commerce Business Models (1 CE, WR): Analyze major e-commerce business models and key components of their information technology infrastructure.
  • IS3003 Technological Trends (1 CE, PT): Analyze emerging trends and technologies that enable innovation.
  • IS3004 Societal Impact of Information Systems (1 CE, WR): Analyze the impact of ethical and security-related IT practices on society.
  • IS3005 Organizational Competitiveness and IT (1 CE, PT): Analyze an organization’s competitiveness within its industry.

AoE: Operations Management (BUSI 3010) – 5 credits

An overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of business operations management is provided to students in this course. Students focus on operations, the supply chain, and the process of transforming resources into products and services. They explore the responsibility of operations managers to make cost-effective and cross-functional decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing and service organizations. Students examine product flow processes and product-process strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness within organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn the process of planning, implementing, and monitoring operations to ensure the continuous improvement and quality standards of goods and services.

  • OP3001 Operations, Supply Chain, and Cross-Functional Decision Making (1.5 CEs, WR): Illustrate supply chain and operations management concepts and practices in organizations.
  • OP3002 Product Flow and Product-Process Strategy (1 CE, WR): Employ product flow processes and product-process strategies for an organization.
  • OP3003 Lean Thinking and Lean Systems in Operations (1 CE, PT): Explain the impact of lean systems on organizational culture, sustainability, and positive social change.
  • OP3004 Quality Management (1.5 CEs, PT): Analyze criteria for quality management practices and product/service quality.

AoE: Capstone: Strategic Business Management (BUSI 4900) – 5 credits

In this capstone experience, students apply knowledge gained throughout the entire program to demonstrate mastery of various core business competencies. Students apply and integrate a variety of skills, technologies, tools, and knowledge to assess strategic issues in a real-world context to develop recommendations for organizational change and/or improvement. Through this capstone, students also demonstrate their understanding and competency in identifying complex problems and solutions.

Note: Students in the course-based modality will engage in a third-party, online, simulation-based strategic management activity, and students in the competency-based modality will complete a comprehensive business proposal focused on employing strategies to build sustainable competitive advantage.

  • SB4001 Global Business Strategy Development and Execution (5 CEs, PT): Synthesize multi-disciplinary strategic approaches for building sustainable competitive advantage in a global environment.
1Walden’s competency-based programs are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. We offer monthly competency-based program starts, the first Monday of every month. If you start the BS in Business Administration program anytime in 2019, please note that the earliest you can complete the program is December 31, 2019.
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